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Drivers out on the bridge
Slowing down as they go through a lane shift
Wires snap
Concrete gives
Metal twisting and
Everything tumbling

At the end of the work day
Stuck in traffic don’t feel when the road sways
Underneath
Concrete gives
Metal twisting and
Everything tumbling

To their partners and kids
Don’t suspect anything till the bridge splits
Wires snap
Concrete gives
Metal twisting and
Everything tumbling
Down

Where I sat I saw brake lights flash
And I pictured them: all the people, their faces in free fall, the water beneath
I pushed my palms against the table hard to see if it hurt
Were it glass would I have shattered it?
Could I battle every impulse to panic and then win
Swim out through the metal twisting upward like a sculpture
Or some terrible beast?

People trapped in their cars
Put both feet on the glass and then kick hard
Water pours in
Seatbelts twist
River flowing and
Everything going down

People under the water line
Workers sift through the wreckage of it find
Seatbelts stuck
Water fills up
River flowing and
Everything going downstream

On the dining room wall I watched it
Play in the reflection of the television
The reversal in the mirror hung I could see it all
How the dust clouds gather color as they billow out
Shades change shifting in the night
From the lights atop an ambulance
Like a firework’s flash then that otherworldly glow
In the smoke thrown in the aftermath blows
Almost frozen for a moment there
I could see it all

Every
Dust cloud
Shattered glass
Billow out
On the TV
Wires snap and the
Concrete gives
Metal twists up and onward
I can see it all
Every
Dust cloud
Shattered glass
Billow out
On the TV
Wires snap and the
Concrete gives in
Metal twists up and onward I watch
And I can see it all

All the wreckage
All the cars piled
In the river and
The rail yard
Metal twists
Wires snap
Concrete blocks split
Dangle from tie rods
And metal twists up
Wires sway
When a breeze blows
In the distant
Sirens glow
I can see it all
Where they look for survivors
Searchlights float
Change the color of smoke clouds
And shadows still fall
People under the water
People trapped in their cars kick and try to get out
People still with their seat belts on
Pets they had in the back and
Car seats

And I watch it on TV lying down here
On the floor in the dining room reversed in the mirror
Where I know I’m not dreaming now
But I know I've been sleeping
I just don’t know since when
I only know that it’s light outside
I only know that the rent is still late
When did they find out the concrete gave?
When did they learn that the wires snapped?


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    General CommentIt seems like this is about the I-35 bridge collapse in Minnesota
    neilvaidyon March 19, 2014   Link
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    General CommentYeah definitly about the I-35 bridge, this song very much functions as the center piece of the album. It's referenced in a few other songs as well.
    Stiggler23on March 31, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationThis throws me off a bit as well as it's not really clear as to when this occurred - in 1965 during the storm in Hudsonville, which would make sense, or just an event that occurred during the main narrator's marriage. Regardless, as stated it's mentioned in plenty of other songs - HUDSONVILLE, Splitsville. Stay Happy There.

    One big metaphor for failing, collapsing marriage. So it definitely applies to our main narrator/couple even if it doesn't take place during the same timeframe.
    parttimelovahon April 12, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationSeems to me like the narrator of the song is maybe somebody who was somehow involved in the design or creation of the bridge. Lines like "I pushed my palms against the table hard to see if it hurt" and how he talks about viewing it on the TV from the floor through a mirror. Clearly he is having an extreme reaction to the news of the bridge collapsing, but he doesn't make any mention of concern for a particular person either. Then the song ends with
    "When did they find out the concrete gave?
    When did they learn that the wires snapped?"
    which makes me wonder if maybe he knew that he messed up and it was his fault. Maybe I'm wrong, but looking at the some this way gave it a lot of new meaning.
    halfaspideron November 06, 2014   Link

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